The Fox & The Thrush #661

Irish & Celtic Music Podcast

May 16 2024 • 1 hr 7 mins

The fox eyes the thrush chirping to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast #661. Subscribe now!

Conor Mallon, Blackthorn, Fialla, Maggie’s Wake, Charlene Adzima, Runa, The Crowfoot Rakes, The Drowsy Lads, Telenn Tri, Clare Cunningham, Ramblxr, Elias Alexander & Maura Shawn Scallion, Shades of Green, Drumspyder, Fig for a Kiss


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0:06 - Conor Mallon “Mist from the Moyle” from Unearthed

3:43 - WELCOME

6:40 - Blackthorn “Mazurka/Sally Gardens” from Here's To You

9:49 - Fialla “The Creggan White Hare” from Home & Away

15:50 - Maggie’s Wake “Adaptation” from Maggie’s Wake

18:27 - Charlene Adzima “Einini” from The Initiation

20:40 - FEEDBACK

24:29 - Runa “The Fox” from When The Light Gets In

29:48 - The Crowfoot Rakes “Hector the Hero” from Off She Goes

34:19 - The Drowsy Lads “Johnny Todd” from Wide Awake

38:18 - Telenn Tri “Weasel's Revenge set” from The Cat's Meow

43:53 - THANKS

45:32 - Clare Cunningham “Wherever you are I will go” from ON MY WAY (AR MO BHEALACH)

49:03 - Ramblxr, Elias Alexander & Maura Shawn Scanlin “Wildflower” from Wildflower

53:00 - Shades of Green “White Picket Fences” from Conversations We Never Had

56:27 - Drumspyder “Silver Spear” from Green Mantle

1:00:33 - CLOSING

1:02:08 - Fig for a Kiss “Thrush” from Wherever You Go

1:06:46 - CREDITS

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